A military court in Rwanda sentences four former top officials who were allies of President Paul Kagame to long prison sentences "in absentia".
Rwandan humanitarian and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Paul Rusesabagina, the subject of the film "Hotel Rwanda", faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of the crimes with which he is charged, according to the prosecution. Rusesabagina had called for armed resistance against the government of Paul Kagame on YouTube. Rusesabagina, however, declined to respond to the charges.
A court in Rwanda charges Paul Rusesabagina, who inspired the film "Hotel Rwanda", with 12 counts, including "terrorism, complicity in murder and forming or joining an armed group", among other charges. Rusesabagina, a strong critic of President Paul Kagame, did not respond to an offer of a plea.
Voters in Rwanda go to the polls to elect their president. Paul Kagame, incumbent since 2000, referred to the election as a formality, despite challenges from the Democratic Greens' Frank Habineza and independent Philippe Mpayimana. Kagame is re-elected with 98.66 of the vote.
Rwandans vote overwhelmingly to lift constitutional restrictions that will allow President Paul Kagame to run for more terms in office. The National Electoral Commission reports more than 98 percent of voters approved the referendum. Final official results will be released Monday.
Voters in Rwanda go to the polls for a parliamentary election with the Rwandan Patriotic Front of President Paul Kagame achieving a landslide victory. [http:--www.google.com-hostednews-afp-article-ALeqM5hfGgXfY6vlq6-6sehqLlLEkrFgfA?docId=CNG.49bcc0089441faaa25bb3c6e28cc4338.2a1&hl=en (AFP via Google News)], [http:--news.ninemsn.com.au-world-2013-09-18-02-45-rwanda-s-ruling-party-wins-landslide-vote (NineMSN)]date=April 2020
Nestor Louis Michel calls Rwandan President Paul Kagame a "great leader" ("groot leider"). Kagame has been accused of war crimes during Rwanda's invasion of the DR Congo in 1996, and of having led a subsequent proxy war against the DR Congo by arming the CNDP until January 20, 2009. Congo currently accuses Rwandan defence officials of supporting a new destabilisation of East Congo. Louis Michel urges the international community for "more time" to "objectivate the facts first" before taking any action.
Rwanda president Paul Kagame's rival Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza is released one day after her arrest on charges of terrorism and genocide denial but banned from leaving Kigali and ordered to report to authorities twice a month.